Build a Mobile Sales Solution with iPhone and Google Maps Integration Using SAP NetWeaver CE 7.2
- by Richard Tucker, Principal Web Development Architect, Atos Origin UK
- June 1, 2011
SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment 7.2 allows SAP developers to build rich user interface (UI) solutions that would have been unheard of a couple of years ago. The combination of service composition and rapid UI modeling allows these solutions to be built in days and weeks rather than months. See how to develop a mobile solution, integrating Google Maps and the Apple iPhone, that was rolled out rapidly across Europe and was well accepted by its user base.
You can use different components of SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) 7.2 to create a mobile sales solution. My example was built for a worldwide distributor of electronic, electrical, and industrial components. The company was looking for a low-cost, tactical solution that could be rapidly implemented to give its Europe-wide sales force remote access to the data held within the back-end SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), SAP ERP, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) systems. The solution needed to work for desktops and the Apple iPhone 4.
I’ll discuss the overall architecture along with the design decisions we made during the implementation. Then I’ll walk through an in-depth description of the integration between the iPhone and the SAP technology. I’ll also describe in detail how the GPS and Google Maps integration was built. Figure 1 shows a screenprint of the application running within the iPhone iOS operating system. I also cover the integration between the SAP CRM contact data and the telephone and SMS capability of the phone.
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